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Doug Marlette Dead After Mississippi Car Accident
Several Daily Cartoonists have emailed me with some devastating news that Doug Marlette died this morning in a Mississippi car accident. From the police reports, Doug’s pickup hydroplaned off of the highway and struck a tree at about 9:42 a.m. this morning. He died instantly. Another passenger (the driver) was taken to the hospital.
Doug, 57, was the editorial cartoonist for The Tulsa World and had worked at The Charlotte Observer, New York Newsday, The Tallahassee Democrat and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he won a Pulitzer in 1988. He also draws the syndicated comic strip Kudzu. He was also an author of two books, The Bridge and Magic Time.
From The Tulsa World comes a statement by Robert E. Lorton III, publisher and president.
This is a great tragedy, not only for the Tulsa World family, but for all who knew Doug. He was more than a great cartoonist and author, he was a tremendous human being. Words cannot express the grief that we are all feeling today. Our hearts go out to Melinda and all of Doug’s family.
He is survived by his wife, Melinda, and son, Jackson.
My heart goes out to his family and close friends. He was one of those cartoonists I’ve always wanted to meet. His book “In Your Face: A Cartoonist at Work” was in inspirational book that had a great impact on my decision to go into cartooning. I miss him already.
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